Whether you're a new student starting your first assignment, further on in your studies, or starting a research project, this page will help you find and use the best information for your subject. You will also find resources to help develop your academic, study and digital skills.
If you can’t find what you need here, please contact your Academic Support Team: library-SAM@salford.ac.uk
Key resources for politics students
Books and Journals
The first place you should look is your reading list – you will find a link to this in your Blackboard modules. It lists all the core texts for your subject as recommended by your lecturers. All our other books and journals can be found in Library Search.
Almost all articles published in the journals we subscribe can be found via Library search, but there are a couple it may be worth checking individually. We've created a map to help you find Politics books in the Library.
Whilst Library Search is your starting point when researching a topic, sometimes it’s helpful to restrict your search to one of our specialist sources.
- Box of Broadcasts - thousands of TV and radio programmes, including lots of current (and older) programmes on cultural topics. Also a great source for films that have been broadcast on TV.
- Kanopy - another good source for Films, especially international cinema.
- Arts & Humanities Database - lots of articles on all kinds of cultural topics.
- JSTOR - a great range of books and articles on all kind of topics including Film Studies.
- Performing Arts Periodicals Database - articles from journals covering all aspects of the art and entertainment industry, including film.
- Google Scholar – always worth checking for academic books and journals. To get the most from it, make sure you’ve added Library Access to your browser.
These are a great source for reviews and comment on films, film makers and actors.
Sources to try include Gale OneFile News and Newsstream. Check our Newspapers web page to see which papers we have access to.
LinkedIn Learning offers thousands of professionally produced online courses covering technical, creative and professional skills and including lots on film making.
Always use our institutional login to log in – you will need your University email address and password.
The first time you log in, you will be taken through a setup process to discover courses tailored to your interests.
Find out more in our video: Using LinkedIn Learning at Salford.
Browse your Reading Lists
Your tutors select books, articles, videos and other resources for your reading lists and the Library buys them so you don't have to.
Find the lists for your modules in Blackboard, or in Library Search.
APA 7th (Harvard) style is the main referencing style in use at the University. We've compiled an easy to follow list of guidebooks and examples to help you get to grips with complexities of referencing.
Newspapers are a valuable source of information. They provide insight into what interests and concerns people both now and in the past.
The Library provides some excellent newspaper sources that allow you to search simply and easily across many newspapers at once.
Dissertations and Theses
During the course of your studies, you may find that you need to search for dissertations or theses.
You can use Library Search to help you find them and there are a number of different ways to search, depending on what you want to find.
Book a one to one
If you’ve tried our eLearning and classroom sessions and need more help, you can request a one to one appointment for information finding, academic and writing or digital skills. Select your chosen time slot and book on through Advantage.
Book on a workshop
We offer a wide range of face-to-face skills training. If you need to improve your IT skills, learn how to find information for your assignments or improve your study skills this is a great place to start.
All workshops are bookable through Advantage by clicking on the workshop title. Where a session has no remaining spaces you can add yourself to the waiting list.
Getting Started With Your Assignments [ON CAMPUS]Starts: 3 Apr 2023, 1:00 pmFinishes: 3 Apr 2023, 2:00 pmVenue: Frederick Road Campus, Mary Seacole, room 169-170Remaining places: 18Got an assignment and don't know where to start? Come and learn about types of assignment, managing your time and planning and structuring your work.
Getting Started with your Assignment [ONLINE]Starts: 5 Apr 2023, 1:00 pmFinishes: 5 Apr 2023, 2:00 pmRemaining places: 34Got an assignment and don't know where to start? Come and learn about types of assignment, managing your time and planning and structuring your work.
Finding and reading journal articles [on campus]Starts: 12 Apr 2023, 9:30 amFinishes: 12 Apr 2023, 11:00 amVenue: Peel Park Campus, Clifford Whitworth University Library, Clifford Whitworth Library, Learning Suite 2Remaining places: 19In this workshop we will explore what journal articles are and why they are useful. You will learn how to find journal articles and how to target your reading. This workshop is useful for any student wanting to learn more about journal articles.
Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Exam session [Online]Starts: 4 Apr 2023, 5:00 pmFinishes: 4 Apr 2023, 6:00 pmVenue: MOS Exam - Certiport exam providerRemaining places: 9Have you met the criteria for booking an exam place? This is an online EXAM SESSION for Microsoft Office Specialist certification. When booking you MUST have scored over 70% using GMetrix's 'Testing' mode for your chosen application. Bookings not meeting this criteria will be cancelled.
Finding and reading journal articles [online]Starts: 14 Apr 2023, 11:00 amFinishes: 14 Apr 2023, 12:30 pmRemaining places: 37In this workshop we will explore what journal articles are and why they are useful. You will learn how to find journal articles and how to target your reading. This workshop is useful for any student wanting to learn more about journal articles.
Making the most of eBooks [online]Starts: 17 Apr 2023, 1:00 pmFinishes: 17 Apr 2023, 2:00 pmRemaining places: 38This workshop will show you how to find and use electronic books (eBooks) in Library Search. This workshop will showcase eBooks and what they can do, and will include tips on using built-in tools to help save you time and advice on targeting your reading. This workshop is online.